BRIEF HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
The Department of Religious Studies, Veritas University, Abuja, is one of the academic departments in the College of Humanities. The Department was established pursuant to the Philosophy of Religious Studies as articulated by the National Universities Commission (NUC) BMAS which has it that it shall “…cover all facets of religious phenomena as they affect the history, tradition, economic, social, political and ethics of man”. To train and develop adequate skilled human resources whose minds are well developed and conducive to a pluralistic society such as Nigeria and Africa.
The Department has its early days as a program within the Department of Philosophy, in the College of Humanities at the 2016/2017 academic session. That same academic year, precisely on the 30th of March, 2017 and at the 70th Senate Meeting the Vice Chancellor, Professor Michael Kwanashie demerged the programmes. From its inception, the Department of Religious Studies at Veritas University has strived to provide a high quality humanistic education in an environment that encourages the development of critical, analytical, and creative skills needed to succeed in today’s multi-cultural and aggressively globalizing world.
The design of the Department’s curriculum in Religious Studies is guided by the core of our mission statement which is “To enable students acquire critical skills about the implications of religion and culture in human society (Nigeria); especially on how religion and culture affect relationships across sub-ethnic cultures, ethnic communities, peoples and nations”. The Department prides itself on the globally informed, internationally sound and locally relevant curriculum that is both historical and contemporary in nature and focus.